Originally posted on Midway Illustrated  |  Last updated 1/14/13
The Chicago Bears have whittled down their list of 13 head coaching candidates to three finalists for the job.  Marc Trestman the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes, Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Colts offensive coordinator interim head coach Bruce Arians.  As it seemingly has been all along Trestman is being described as the heavy favorite to be the next head coach of the Chicago Bears.  Trestmas is a long time NFL assistant who never been a head coach in the NFL previously.  He's considered by many to be a quarterback coach guru; just the guy to develop Jay Cutler into the type of QB we have all dreamed he can be.  Trestman has worked previously with the 49ers during their hey day of the early 1990s, and helped coach the Oakland Raiders to the Super Bowl.  When in the NFL Trestman has run a West Coast offense developed throughout the years from Bill Walsh.  With Trestman's pending arrival it would seem to mark the end of the Devin Hester era.  The  West Coast offense requires in-depth knowledge of coverage schemes and precise route running, receivers need to be able to think on the fly.  Hester has never done any of these things well in the NFL and doesn't fit the mold of a WC receiver.  Brandon Marshall is the ideal type of west coast offense receiver,  he excelled in that offense in Denver.  Earl Bennett too could fit into that role as a receiver who works well in the short to medium range routes that the offense entails.  Can Alshon Jeffery fit into that role as a west coast receiver?  He has the physical tools to succeed, but he needs to learn proper route running and  be able to get separation.  Jeffery has positives and negatives that fit into that offense the most glaring negative being route running and gaining separation.  According to FootballOutsiders offensive efficiency metrics and statistics, from 2001 to 2003 the Raiders were 3rd, 2nd and 24th in the NFL.  His tenure with the Raiders represents his most successful stint in the NFL where he had the most control and influence over the offense.  Bevell is the current offensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks after serving in the same role with the Minnesota Vikings from 2006 to 2010.  Bevell was fired after the 2010 season after a rough tenure with them.   Also according to Sean Jensen Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is also considered a finalist for the job.  Arians really doesn't need an introduction or discussion, after Chuck Pagano was struck down with leukemia, Arians led the Colts to a massive turn around.  The Colts were a two win team in 2011 and made the playoffs with rookie QB Andrew Luck.
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